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Gregorio Hertz, Priscilla; Rettenberger, Martin; Welsch, Robin and Turner, Daniel (2020): Die klinisch-forensische Bedeutung des Selbstregulationsmodells sexueller Delinquenz und Rückfälligkeit bei pädosexuellen Straftaten. In: Forensische Psychiatrie Psychologie Kriminologie, Vol. 14, No. 3: pp. 336-343

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The self-regulation model of the offense and relapse process (SRM) represents a theoretical approach to explain and assess the process of sexual delinquency and recidivism. According to this model, sexual offenses and offenders can be categorized into four different recidivism pathways, which are described by individual motives, deficits and resources recognized throughout the relapse process. In the present study, a sample ofN= 68 men who were convicted of at least 1 sexual offense against child victims were assessed regarding the offense pathways of the SRM and compared with respect to clinical, demographic and criminological features. The results showed that 25% (n & x202f;= 17) of the sample were allocated to the approach-explicit, 25% (n & x202f;= 17) to the avoiding-passive, 22.1% (n & x202f;= 15) to the approach-automatic, and 13.2% (n & x202f;= 9) to the avoiding-active pathway. Men with approach goals showed higher scores in Static-99 and therefore a higher recidivism risk for sexual offenses than men with avoidance goals. Furthermore, men with an approach goal were more often diagnosed with a pedophilic disorder. The results of the present study provide first indicators that the SRM can be a useful theoretical model to detect similarities between men who were convicted of sexual abuse crimes with children.

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